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Jeff Ireland out as Dolphins GM: Statements from Stephen Ross, Ireland

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The Miami Dolphins and general manager Jeff Ireland have parted ways after six season together. Ireland and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement following the announcement me of the change.

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The Miami Dolphins announced yesterday that the team and general manager Jeff Ireland had "mutually agreed to part ways." The move ends six years with Ireland in the role and the Dolphins have said they will conduct an immediate search to "bring new leadership to head the team's football operations."

Following the announcement, both team owner Stephen Ross and Ireland released statements through the team.

"I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years," said Ross. "After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways. Jeff was a loyal and dedicated member of the Dolphins and we wish him and his family nothing but the best."

"I've spent the last six years with the best organization in football," added Ireland. "Steve and I came to an agreement that the best thing moving forward for all parties would be to part ways. I'd like to thank Steve for all his support and kindness. I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people during this time and I'd like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. "